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So, one of the things that people keep telling me is that the reviews are too hard to find. That there needs to be some sort of search function. And while we do have a bigass list of reviews, it doesn’t really offer much in terms of aesthetics or functionality. I’ve been working on a replacement for months, and I’m sick of telling people that “its coming” and “we’re working on it.” So, finally, we’re ready to start beta testing the new reviews database thingy that should make it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for. In theory, at least. So go on, click the link at the bottom and let us know what you think. And be honest — this will replace the existing reviews list, so we want to make sure we have everything more or less right before we do.


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  1. Very clean and simple. The advanced search is really nice in being able to narrow down a review if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. After you put a better face on it, I can see this being a great addition to the site.

  2. The new search feature is great on the full website and should definitely stay, but on the mobile version it doesn’t work (check boxes cant be checked, it doesn’t scale, etc.)

  3. Not bad. I would soften up the edges a little. Content was good but presentation was sor. So are you guys going to do this for gear reviews as well?

  4. Nice! A sort option would be nice, i.e. A-Z, Z-A, by rating high-low, etc…
    Scale of ratings reference also. i.e. 3 out of 5, etc…

    • +1

      After the results are returned, you should be able to sort them by any and all the fields in the view, ideally by multiple fields. So if I want to see the cheapest, highest rated guns I can sort by price low to high first, then by rating.

  5. I like it. I did find an error though, the “CZ — CZ 75 P01 Duty” has it listed as the wrong gun (redirects to the review of the P07 Duty, P01 never had a Duty model) and it’s listed as 45 ACP whereas it’s a 9mm.

    The “CZ — CZ 75 SP-01” is also listed as 45ACP. It’s a 9mm.

    The Ruger SR40 holds 15 rounds of 40S&W, according to their website, not six.

    The Spring XDm holds 19, not 20, but it depends on how you load it.

    As far as I can tell, that’s all the errors that were immediately obvious to me.

  6. It’s better than it was, for sure.

    Your beta app isn’t pretty, but it’s functional, and that’s what matters most. Pretty is only skin deep, but functionality goes all the way to the bone.

    Edit to add: You might want to turn off comments under the actual review list under the link. You’re getting comments there as well as here. Now and in the future I’m not sure if it makes sense to allow comments on the front page for all reviews.

  7. You should consider returning the results in a multiple column grid. That would facilitate sorting and would make them more compact vertically. There are also a lot of Javascript packages out there that will do fancy table sorting,searching, and filtering for you, so you can get a lot of functionality pretty quickly that way.


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